2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires

No, not Bill Gates—he still reigns at top of the 'Forbes' list with $75B
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2016 10:41 AM CST
2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires
Bill Gates talks to reporters about the 2016 annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Feb. 22, 2016.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Forbes' annual compilation of the wealthiest people on Earth is out, and the list welcomes a couple of flush newcomers to the richest of the rich. Bill Gates retains his top spot with $75 billion to his name, while for the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cracks the top 10, coming in at No. 6 with a net worth of $44.6 billion. Amazon's Jeff Bezos also debuts in the top 10, just squeaking by Zuckerberg to take the No. 5 spot with $45.2 billion. Meanwhile, Donald Trump—who's previously boasted of a net worth of $10 billion—doesn't fare as well as he may have desired: The GOP front-runner only manages to tie a whole bunch of other billionaires for the No. 324 spot, with a meager $4.5 billion. Overall, the list found 1,810 billionaires worldwide—16 fewer than last year.

Here's the net worth of the top 10, along with the source of their wealth:

  1. Bill Gates, Microsoft: $75 billion
  2. Amancio Ortega, Zara: $67 billion
  3. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway: $60.8 billion
  4. Carlos Slim Helu, telecom industry: $50 billion
  5. Jeff Bezos, Amazon: $45.2 billion
  6. Mark Zuckerberg: $44.6 billion
  7. Larry Ellison, Oracle: $43.6 billion
  8. Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP: $40 billion
  9. Charles Koch and David Koch, diversified: $39.6 billion (each)
(Head to Forbes for the entire list, especially if you want to see how people like unhappy billionaire Jack Ma, Rupert Murdoch, and George Lucas rank .)

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